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The Scoop: Raise For Jerry Kill Still on U's Agenda

Created: 05/17/2013 8:46 AM KSTP.com
By: Darren Wolfson

Assuming Gophers football coach Jerry Kill's agent, Jordan Bazant, gets an annual split of Kill's contract, he'll soon have reason to celebrate.

According to University of Minnesota director of athletics Norwood Teague, giving Kill a raise on his $1.2 million per year salary remains on the agenda, just not in the immediate future.

"We do want to do something some time," Teague said Thursday at the Gophers' Chalk Talk caravan tour in Redwood Falls. "We have to because he's so far behind the second to last place paid coach (in the Big Ten) -- it's about $700,000 (per year). Jerry and I are talking about it."

Kill, who has just a 4-12 conference record in his two seasons, isn't concerned.

"I don't get into that too much," Kill opined. "I said when I came here that I took less money to get our program going. I am more interested in taking care of our assistant coaches. If we take care of them and don't have revolving doors, we have a chance to turn the program around. ... We need to get resources for us to be successful in football. That's a lot more important than my situation."

Scoop Central

• Kill on his 2014 and 2015 schedules, which include crossover games against Michigan and Ohio State: "You're going to end up playing most people anyway ... You're going to play the good people and have to beat people. You can't worry about schedules now."

By comparison, Wisconsin's crossover games those two years are Maryland and Rutgers.

• Kill said 17 of his players will end up having some type of offseason surgery.

• In Kill's two previous stops -- Southern Illinois and Northern Illinois -- his teams saw a significant spike in wins in his third year. Kill is entering his third year with the Gophers.

"The only difference is at the other stops we had three recruiting classes. This is truly only our second class coming in," Kill said. "I think it's similar to our second year at Northern Illinois (7-6 record). I do think we'll have a better football team than a year ago. ... We're farther along this spring than we were last spring."

• Teague on this week's Big Ten athletic director meetings in Chicago: "We talked about bowls, a lot about television, and scheduling and how it relates to taking our new rights to market. We talked about 2016 and post-2016 with what the Big Ten has implemented. It was good. It's a great group of people. I feel like we got a lot done."

• The Gophers are on the verge of finally revealing their Master Facilities plan, according to Teague.

• Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino still has two scholarships to use for next season. "We need to find another post," he said. If possible, Pitino would like to add a big man who's capable of making 3-pointers. He wants to play five guys who can all be threats from the outside.

• Pitino spent the two-hour bus ride to Redwood Falls Thursday morning watching film of other Big Ten teams.

• Pitino was in the Bahamas with his dad, Rick, for two days last week. Richard said he came close to catching the 80-pound marlin his dad eventually got.

• Pitino spent time with guard Andre Hollins on Wednesday. "He's one of the best guards in the country," Pitino said.

• Ex-Gophers two-guard Joe Coleman is said to have interest from Oregon and Boston College, among others. Possibly Baylor too. Iowa State could also be in the mix, but one source said they're currently too guard-heavy.

• In spite of the public stance, Gophers sources insist they're ok with Coleman's decision to leave, and that he doesn't fit into Pitino's three-guard system and lacks the toughness and shooting touch that Pitino badly covets.

• The Vikings have told all agents they don't plan on signing any free agents until they can evaluate what they currently have at Organized Team Activities (OTAs) in a couple weeks.

• The Twins will not consider Coon Rapids right-handed pitcher Logan Shore with their second round draft pick, No. 43.

• The Twins had a little interest in infielder Reid Brignac when he was available in February. So did San Diego and Houston. Those two teams have waiver priority over the Twins. Brignac was designated for assignment by Colorado on Thursday.

• NBA teams are limited to seven evaluators at this week's Combine in Chicago. Representing the Wolves: president of operations Flip Saunders, director of operations Rob Babcock, director of player personnel R.J. Adelman, development coach David Adelman, European scout Zarko Durisic, American scout Milton Barnes, and operations assistant Matt Bollero.

• The Wolves, like all teams, are limited to 17 player interviews. Known guys they've talked to: Kansas' Ben McLemore, Georgetown's Otto Porter, Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams, Ohio State's DeShaun Thomas, Maryland's Alex Len, and UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad.

• Saunders and forward Kevin Love will spend time together next week at the Draft Lottery.

• Admittedly, I was trying to connect dots with the Wolves and Boston's Paul Pierce. But even if Boston buys Pierce out this summer, a source very much downplayed any scenario in which Pierce ends up with the Wolves. Saunders has intimate knowledge of Pierce after consulting for Boston last postseason.

• Multiple league sources maintain that Saunders is so meticulous in his doings that there is a method to the releasing of guard Brandon Roy madness. Conventional wisdom suggests the move didn't need to happen now, that the contract had trade value around the Draft. But not so fast, league sources maintain. They insist there has to be more to the story.

• Former Wolves boss David Kahn told some friends he thought he had the Sixers general manager job. It went to Houston assistant GM Sam Hinkie.

• They may meet next week after the Combine, but so far the Suns have not requested to interview Houston assistant J.B. Bickerstaff. Phoenix, like a few teams, is still in search of a new head coach.


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